Catholic Encyclopedia – Bertha, Queen of Kent


Died c.612. She was a Frankish princess, daughter of Charibert and the pious Ingoberga. In marrying the pagan King Ethelbert of Kent, she brought her chaplain Liudhard with her, and restored a Christian church in Canterbury, which dated form the Roman occupation, dedicating it to Saint Martin. The present Saint Martin’s at Canterbury occupies the same site. Saint Augustine, who was sent by Gregory the Great to preach the Gospel in England in 596, no doubt owed much of his favourable reception to the influence of Bertha. Saint Gregory in 601 addressed to her a letter of thanks, which is still preserved. Ethelbert himself was baptized on Whitsunday in 597, and Canterbury became the mother-church of England. Bertha was sometimes styled “Saint”, but there is no clear evidence of cultus.

MLA Citation

  • Hebert Thurston. “Bertha, Queen of Kent”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 June 2013. Web. 22 September 2021. <>